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See my hubby in blue below?

This is a Fig tree just across from the old train depot. Gosh, see how huge it i! See my hubby just below in blue by the trunk. Just amazing!!

During a much simpler time, ten thousands years ago the lands was cherished by a wonderful advanced people called the Chumash Indians that stretched from as far as Malibu to San Luis Obispo. They had a much enriched culture that is still seen in their paintings on the rocks. Santa Paul is the site of their main Indian village called, Mupu.

It is these people who are the descendants of this area. You can look all about you and see their heritance among them. I am proud to be part of it! :-)

Orchards and farms soon started to pop up making it a vast producer of rich products. Soon Santa Paula started developing like most towns as a railroad stop because of progress, but soon bustled and hustled as a growing community because of its rich soil and oil. Nathan Blanchard and Elisa Bradley established the first flour, The Mill and laid out the first map of the town in 1877. As soon as the railroad headed in, so did progress and town growth and importance to the state of California!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Such a lovely little community!
  • Cons:Streets are a little confusing, but they are old.
  • In a nutshell:A wonderful place to see and enjoy:-)
  • Last visit to Santa Paula: Sep 2004
  • Intro Updated Jun 10, 2013
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  • MissyWQ's Profile Photo
    Sep 23, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    Wow, how many hours have you been on VT?
    Do you every have a local VT meeting?
    Do you know about Santa Barbara's Fig tree?

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2011 at 3:10 AM

    Santa Paula seems to be an interesting town to visit and explore! The clock tower certainly looks amazing. Thanks for your visit to our Germany travel page. ~ho & pang

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Dec 10, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Lovely town with so many things of interest, and the old buildings looking like new. The fig tree is truly imposing and I liked the Little Red School House. I am glad the town remembers its heroes who saved so many lives.

  • msbrandysue's Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2009 at 7:18 PM

    I love the picture of the tree with your husband looking so small next to it! What a wonderful job you did with the tips. It seems you find all the right things to do with your boys in tow. That's so neat!!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jul 8, 2009 at 4:00 AM

    I love old towns where they maintain their historic buildings. I really like the murals here in Santa Paula - shows civic pride.

  • janetanne's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Big Fig is quite an understatement! I wonder if the figs drop to the ground? That could be quite messy! I have fig tree in my backyard, but it's not that big!

  • penumbra's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2007 at 5:10 PM

    That’s a big fig tree! The whole town looks amazingly well preserved.

  • Tugboatguy's Profile Photo
    Sep 11, 2007 at 3:09 PM

    Hi Dee, Santa Paula recently dedicated a new Mural attended by about 100 people. It honors the Airport founding, painted by the Museum artist Wendell Dowling and 4 helpers. See it at 506 E. Main St. on side of Santa Paula Travel bldg. Doug

  • cheesecake17's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2006 at 1:53 AM

    love the old buildings..and that school is charming....the fig tree is great...their is a fig farm near my home...:)..I should show the farmer your pic....:))...great tips...U..

  • JosM's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2005 at 4:59 AM

    Again a very informative page. Especially love the fig tree picture!

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